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Tiling Show promises to be the top event of the year

The Tiling Show, organised by TTA – the UK’s only trade show devoted solely to tiles and re-lated products – is back this year.

It promises to be the ‘must attend’ event of the year and you should be there, either as an exhibitor or a visitor!

The Tiling Show will be held on Friday 24th June from 10am to 4pm at The Hilton Birmingham Metropole: the same venue that will host TTA Awards that evening. All TTA members are eligible to exhibit and Gold sponsors are automatically entitled to space at the Show.

Any other members wishing to exhibit have the choice of:
2 x 1 metre space for just £100 + VAT (including a trestle table, suitable for a pull-up stand)
4 x 1 metre space for just £200 + VAT (including trestle tables, suitable for a pop-up stand)
As in previous years, all exhibitors are requested to have a special Show offer running on the day.

The Show will feature a dedicated demonstration area, which is always popular, and exhibitors who wish to host a demonstration should contact TTA, so that they can be allocated a time slot. Non-members who wish to exhibit should contact TTA.

If you’re not exhibiting, please come along to the Show as a visitor. The central location is easy to access and parking is available right outside. Entry is free. In the run-up to the Show, TTA will be releasing details on who is exhibiting, and you can be sure the exhibitor list will include many of the major brands from our industry.

Customer testimonials reinforce value of TTA Technical Inspection Service
TTA’s Technical Inspection Service is one of the most important services offered by TTA to the market.

Under the terms of the Service, one of TTA’s highly experienced technical inspectors will visit a site to inspect any tiling installation where there are thought to be problems. The inspector will assess the job against relevant British and European Standards, and provide a detailed written report of the inspection with their findings and a conclusion. This report can be used in court as evidence, should any dispute go to that level.

The Service provides excellent value for all users and is available to anyone who has concerns about tiling work.

The latest market feedback shows that reports from the Technical Inspection Service are often key to solving problems that can be caused by bad workmanship or poor installation.

According to one user of the Service: “You recently supported me with a court claim document for my faulty patio and I promised to give you an update once I had been to court. I wanted to say ‘thank you most sincerely’ for your support. The report helped immensely, as did the advice you gave me in our discussions.”

In another case in the higher education sector, which was threatening to become a multi-million pound dispute, the customer contacted TTA to say: “We just wanted to provide an up-date that this matter has now settled. Thank you all for your support.”

“Sometimes cases arise in which it turns out there is not a requirement for a full report,” says Bob Howard MBE, TTA’s lead technical inspector, “in which case TTA will provide appropriate guidance.”
“We would like to thank Bob Howard for his support, guidance, and sharing his vast knowledge he has,” says one TTA member who used the service. “This has allowed us to satisfy the customer without them having to spend more money on a report.”

“The vast majority of tiling jobs are completed without issue and to the customer’s complete satisfaction,” says Bob Howard. “This is especially true if a TTA member is contracted to do the work. However, from time to time, things can go wrong for any one of a variety of reasons. The Technical Inspection Service exists to provide support for the customer in these cases and to enhance the reputation for competence of the tiling sector as a whole.”

Pricing for the Technical Inspection Service is based on the size of the tiled area in question. Tiling projects up to 25 sq. metre are priced at £895 + VAT. Medium-sized projects of 25 to 50 sq. metres cost £1,180 + VAT; while larger projects up to 100 sq. metres are priced at £1,560 + VAT. Contact TTA directly for technical inspection prices for projects larger than 100 sq. metres.

More information is available on the dedicated page of TTA’s website. TTA members who require use of the service are able to claim a 20% discount on the above prices. Anyone who requires the service should fill in a Technical Inspection booking form (also available on the site), and TTA staff will be in contact to confirm further details.

Get your tickets for June’s TTA Awards night!
Award entry is now closed for this year and the judging process is under way.

Details of the judging panel will be made available soon. The panel will include some of the most knowledgeable and discerning people from our industry, who will make their assessments of the entries received in their specialist areas. There will also be a public vote element to the judging process, and details of this will also be published in the coming weeks.

TTA is delighted that there are a record 13 Gold sponsors for the Awards this year! The Gold sponsors are: Banks & Lloyd, Genesis Global Systems, JACKOBOARD, Mapei, N&C, Palace Chemicals, PCS, Shackerley (Holdings) Group Ltd, STS, Topps Tiles, UltraTile, Verona, and Weber.
The fact that so many have signed up as Gold sponsors this year is recognition that this is surely the best sponsorship opportunity that the tiling industry has to offer. It is also a strong statement of confidence regarding the health and vigour of the tiling industry as we emerge from the pandemic and confront all the other challenges currently facing the industry. The major brands which are associating themselves with the Awards this year through their generous sponsorship are also associating themselves also with the key values of the Awards: excellence and achievement. They have also recognised the marketing benefit that they get from sponsorship, with continuous exposure in the lead-up to the June Awards night, continuing during the event itself and also afterwards.

This year the gala Awards celebration will take place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 24th June. Do you have your tickets yet? TTA is maintaining the prices of tables for the event at the same level as in 2021. So that’s £1,575 for a table of 10, £1,400 for a second table, and £175 for a single ticket. To purchase tickets, please contact TTA on or Tel: 0300 365 8453.

As in previous years, the TTA Awards will raise money for our nominated charity Children Today, which does great work for children and young people up to the age of 25, who have been adversely affected by disability. It does this by providing grants for specialised equipment which can radically improve the quality of life for disadvantaged young people. TTA has supported Children Today for more than ten years.

Upcoming events: second visit to Spanish producers
ASCER, the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association, have invited TTA members to join them on a second visit to Spain in the second or third week of April. This follows a highly successful TTA tour of large format tile producers in Castellón, which took place in November 2021.

The upcoming trip will be mainly focused on retailers, with a theme of Sustainability in Tiling, and expressions of interest are being sought now. So if you are interested in participating, please contact TTA. Places will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis, and it is hoped that those who are unlucky this time will be able to take part in future trips.

Technical Masterclasses
TTA is planning to hold a series of three Technical Masterclasses starting in May. These are likely to be ‘hybrid’ format and will include the topics of Underfloor Heating, Wetrooms and Large Format Tiles.

Dates are yet to be confirmed, but keep an eye on social media, and also TTA member comms, for more information as it becomes available.

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